McCarthy Memo on September Agenda Omits Ex-Im Bank

New majority leader tells members the schedule will include energy, jobs, and health care bills.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09: House majority leader-elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (C) talks with reporters after the weekly House Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol July 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. The House GOP leadership blamed Senate Democrats for holding up legislation that would create more full-time jobs, they said. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
National Journal
Billy House
Aug. 8, 2014, 1:14 p.m.

House Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Kev­in Mc­Carthy does not make any men­tion of Con­gress ex­tend­ing the con­tro­ver­sial Ex­port-Im­port Bank’s charter in a memo Fri­day to House Re­pub­lic­ans titled “Ini­tial Septem­ber out­look.”

Rather, Mc­Carthy fo­cuses on three oth­er items which, he says, mem­bers might “wish to factor in­to your dis­trict events” over this sum­mer re­cess — in­clud­ing a pack­age that deals with the Key­stone XL pipeline and oth­er en­ergy mat­ters.

Mc­Carthy does write that he plans to provide more de­tails of the House’s Septem­ber agenda later this month — and the list of three items in his memo Fri­day cer­tainly does not ap­pear to be a com­plete run­down of what the House will do. For ex­ample, Speak­er John Boehner has already said the House will take up a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion when it gets back to keep gov­ern­ment fun­ded bey­ond the Oct. 1 start of the new fisc­al year.

But Mc­Carthy’s omis­sion of the Ex-Im Bank is sure to add to the spec­u­la­tion over wheth­er he plans to stick to his claim in June that he in­tends to let its charter ex­pire this fall. Such a move would ap­pease many House con­ser­vat­ives — in­clud­ing Fin­an­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee Chair­man Jeb Hensarling of Texas — who are de­mand­ing that the bank not be reau­thor­ized.

But oth­ers in the Re­pub­lic­an con­fer­ence are call­ing for its reau­thor­iz­a­tion. The Fin­an­cial Ser­vices pan­el con­tin­ues to dis­cuss and hold hear­ings on the Ex-Im Bank’s fu­ture.

The Ex-Im bank makes tax­pay­er-backed loans to help over­seas en­tit­ies buy U.S. products, au­thor­iz­ing roughly $27 bil­lion in fisc­al 2013 to back about $37 bil­lion in ex­port sales. Its charter comes due for re­new­al on Sept. 30.

The three items Mc­Carthy writes that the House will take up and send to the Sen­ate after the re­turn to ses­sion, be­gin­ning on Sept. 8, are:

  • A con­sol­id­ated en­ergy pack­age “that will, among oth­er things, open fed­er­al lands, sup­port the Key­stone XL pipeline, and pre­vent en­vir­on­ment­al reg­u­la­tions that are killing Amer­ic­an-made en­ergy”;
  • A “single pack­age of our jobs bills,” de­signed, says Mc­Carthy, to in­crease pres­sure on Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id to fi­nally put Amer­ic­an work­ers and eco­nom­ic growth first; and
  • A bill already re­por­ted out of the En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee that would, ac­cord­ing to the memo, al­low those who pur­chase health care on the group mar­ket to keep the plans they had, “just as the pres­id­ent prom­ised.” The memo says last year mil­lions of Amer­ic­ans in the in­di­vidu­al in­sur­ance mar­ket found that wasn’t true, and lost ac­cess to the plans they had.

There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from Mc­Carthy’s of­fice bey­ond the memo.

What We're Following See More »
THE QUESTION
How Many VIPs Were the Secret Service Protecting in Philly Last Night?
33 minutes ago
THE ANSWER

Seven, according to an official Secret Service tweet.

Source:
‘MOGUL,’ ‘DAREDEVIL’
Candidates’ Code Names Revealed
1 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

The Clintons will retain their Secret Service "code names from the last time they lived in the White House. Hillary Clinton is EVERGREEN and Bill ClintonEAGLE. Donald Trump is MOGUL, according to reports, and Melania Trump MUSE. The vice presidents get code names, too: Mike Pence is HOOSIER—a little on the nose—and his wife HUMMINGBIRD. Tim Kaine is DAREDEVIL, somewhat ambitiously. His wife's? To be determined."

Source:
MOST AGENCIES HAD ALREADY ALLOWED
GSA: Feds’ Uber Rides Are Now OK
1 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The Obama administration issued guidance on Wednesday clarifying federal agencies should reimburse employees who use ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft for any travel on official business, effective immediately. The General Services Administration issued a bulletin on the Federal Travel Regulation, cementing a policy many—but not all—agencies had already installed."

Source:
SHIFT FROM ROMNEY’S NUMBERS
Catholics, Highly Educated Moving Toward Dems
2 hours ago
THE LATEST

Catholics who attend mass at least weekly have increased their support of the Democratic nominee by 22 points, relative to 2012, when devout Catholics backed Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, a Morning Consult poll shows that those voters with advanced degrees prefer Hillary Clinton, 51%-34%. Which, we suppose, makes the ideal Clinton voter a Catholic with a PhD in divinity.

‘CROSSED THE RED LINE’
North Korea: U.S. Has Effectively Declared War
2 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington ... effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month." Han Song Ryol said: "The United States has crossed the red line in our showdown. We regard this thrice-cursed crime as a declaration of war."

Source:
×